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Latin America’s Impact in the Muslim World

In a recent Jonah Initiative training in Argentina, 67 students attended our course on Ministry to Muslims. On the third day, our professor asked the question, “How many of you believe God has called you to minister to Muslims?” Over 25 hands went up! He thought they misunderstood the question or it was mistranslated. When asked again, the same number of hands went up! The Spirit is raising up evangelists and church planters from Latin America to reach Muslims. Globalization and migration has significantly redefined the world in which we live. In like manner, these changes have redefined the historic…

Preparing Church Planters in India and Nagaland!

Nagaland, a small state of India, nestled in the Himalayan foothills, is an anomaly for the region. Over 100 years ago, the people of Nagaland were headhunters until Baptist missionaries preached the gospel to them. Today, nearly 90 percent of the 2 million inhabitants of Nagaland are Christians. Global Initiative recently had the privilege of offering a Jonah Initiative training in a new intercultural studies program at the Nagaland Bible College where students are preparing to be church planters. Dr. Senty Ao, the president of the college, has a tremendous vision to see thousands of missionaries sent from her school….

The Spirit continues to call Romanians to reach Muslims!

“Feeling sorry and having a deep pain, seeing how [Muslims] live in darkness. I have an open heart towards them, strong wishes to see Christ changing their lives. Urgent involvement!”  After a recent Jonah Initiative training, that was a Romanian student’s response to the question: “What did God speak to you regarding reaching Muslims with the gospel?” Another student responded, “Yes! I am convinced God calls me to share the gospel with Muslims.” We are grateful to God that His Spirit is still leading Romanians to reach Muslims! Romania is a unique country that God has raised up to impact the Muslim…

Tanzania is poised for a great in-gathering of Muslims!

Like so many other nations in Africa, Islam is expanding rapidly in Tanzania. Currently, 21 million people in Tanzania are Muslims, whichrepresent nearly 40% of the country’s population. Islam is growing exponentially due to several factors. For instance, the island region of Zanzibar, just off the coast of Tanzania, is 96% Islamic. The nation has also seen an increase of Muslim immigrants from India and several Arab nations. In predominately Christian areas, Islam is investing significant financial resources into the economy and educational system. Ultimately, the evangelistic nature of Islam is pushing toward majority control of the country. For the…

In the midst of adversity, the Spirit is moving in Indonesia!

Looking at the Muslim woman in the boat with them, Dimas* told his friend, “Let’s throw her out of the boat. Nobody will see us because, at the moment, it is only us and her.” It may come as a surprise to you, but Dimas is a pastor and a professor at a Bible school in Indonesia. Once you hear what he and his family endured, you may understand why he wanted to feed the Muslim woman to the sea. It is difficult for us to understand what minority Christian groups in Muslim majority nations face on a daily basis….

Delivered from Hinduism and Called to Share Jesus with Muslims!

Both Farhan* and Neha* were born into Hindu families in a Muslim majority country. When Farhan was 15 years old, a Christian evangelist came to his city, and his mother decided to attend the evangelistic meetings. Although untouched by the preaching, Farhan’s mother accepted a New Testament in her local language. She gave this new religious book to Farhan to read. Farhan, having his curiosity peaked by other worldviews, read the entire New Testament. After a thorough investigation into this new faith, he simply laid the book aside and kept practicing his Hindu beliefs. Six years later, while studying in…

Eye On… Islam: From Latin America to Afghanistan

After attending Bible college, Pablo met and married a wonderful woman who was a devout follower of Christ. Together, Pablo and his new wife felt God calling them to missionary service in Panama where they planted a church and started a Bible school. During their time in Panama, Pablo met a community of Muslims from Afghanistan. But after the September 11, 2011 tragedy in New York City, Pablo developed a bitter resentment toward Muslims. Soon, though, the Holy Spirit convicted him of his unChristlike attitude, and his hatred was replaced with God’s love for Muslims. When Pablo and his wife…

Eye On… Islam: Muslims in Asia Pacific

“On February 14, 2009, the Lord captured me.” This is the testimony of Hakim*, who was a devout Muslim until he had an encounter with Christ in an Indonesian village. Hakim had suffered from chronic bronchitis since birth, which continued to grow worse. He coughed non-stop from 6 to 9 p.m. every night. Seeking help, he went to visit a Muslim healer but was not cured. On that February day, Hakim’s motor scooter engine “happened” to die in front of his wife’s former teacher’s house. She and her husband are Christians and they invited Hakim into their home. Hakim was…

God is Doing a New Thing: Ministry to Muslims is coming full circle!

When Global Initiative (formerly the Center for Ministry to Muslims) launched in 1982, it was prophetically ahead of the curve. Reaching Muslims for Christ was a distant thought in peoples’ minds because the majority of Muslims were located somewhere in distant lands. No one in the early days of this ministry could have dreamed that today a former Muslim would be one of the key trainers on our staff. Neither could anyone have envisioned that God would raise up Latin American missionaries to go as ministers to the Muslim world! The Lord spoke through the prophet Isaiah years ago, “Behold,…

20th Anniversary! Our Latest Jonah Initiative Training in Baguio!

Twenty years ago Islam did not have the global consciousness it has now. The terrorist attacks in New York City in September 2001 definitely brought it to the forefront. Today, we find a strong presence of Islam in nearly every corner of our world and that includes the Muslim-populated countries of Asia. It is evident to us on this 20-year anniversary of The Jonah Initiative training in Baguio, Republic of the Philippines, that Global Initiative leaders were sensitive to God’s leading in 1997. They took the initiative at that time to make Baguio an annual event to train workers for…

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